I'm going on an alpine blacktail hunt this August and a black bear hunt next May. I'm looking at logistics for cooler size. I'd love to take pack a large cooler with my soft goods and either check it or ship ahead of time, but the big rotomolded coolers are so heavy they don't allow for much meat weight on the way back.
The deer hunting trip will be primarily backpacking in for a few days at a time, then coming down to move spots if needed so I don't think a cooler is necessary. But the bear hunt will be at a forest service cabin cruising the beaches so we will need something to keep food cold, then hopefully meat and hides.
What's the biggest cooler you guys take and don't worry about size problems in either a beaver or cessna, and also weight problems on commercial flights?
Is it worth taking a Yeti or should I just bring a cheaper lightweight cooler?